Do you know how many billionaires there are in the world? The world’s billionaires—only 3,311 individuals—represent almost $11.8 trillion in wealth. The global billionaire population continued to grow in 2021, increasing by 3%. Over the same period, billionaire wealth also increased by 18%. Although the world is in deep crisis, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

Detailed visualization of the billionaire population

Below you can see an infographic from Visual Capitalist that details billionaires from around the world. This map uses data from the Wealth-X Billionaire Census to visualize where the world’s billionaires live and breaks down their collective wealth. It is unbelievable how many rich and powerful people there are among us.

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Billionaires by region

Below you can see how many billionaires live in each region and what their total wealth is. The most billionaires are located in North America, there are a total of 975 billionaires who together own a fortune worth $4.6 trillion.

Region Number of billionaires
Collective Billionaire Wealth
North America 1,035 $4.6 trillion
Europe 954 $3.1 trillion
Asia 899 $2.9 trillion
Middle East 191 $519 billion
Latin America and the Caribbean 146 $465 billion
Africa 46 $104 billion
Pacific 40 $89 billion

15 States with the Most Billionaires

Country Number of Billionaires
Collective Billionaire Wealth
US 975 $4.45 trillion
China 400 $1.45 trillion
Germany 176 $602 billion
India 124 $384 billion
UK 120 $266 billion
Hong Kong SAR 114 $287 billion
Switzerland 111 $365 billion
Russia 107 $475 billion
Saudi Arabia 71 $192 billion
France 68 $294 billion
Italy 68 $207 billion
Canada 60 $131 billion
Brazil 52 $159 billion
Singapore 50 $99 billion
UAE 45 $181 billion

15 cities with the most billionaires

City Country
Number of Billionaires
New York City U.S. 138
Hong Kong China 114
San Francisco U.S. 85
London UK 77
Moscow Russia 75
Beijing China 63
Los Angeles U.S. 59
Singapore Singapore 50
Shenzhen China 44
Mumbai India 40
Dubai UAE 38
Hangzhou China 35
São Paulo Brazil 34
Istanbul Turkey 33
Paris France 33

It is not yet certain how the situation with the number of billionaires and the size of their wealth will develop. Since rich people also have great power, it is expected that their wealth will continue to grow in the future.

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